Carotid Artery Endarterectomy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Carotid Artery Endarterectomy?

The carotid artery carries blood through the neck to the brain. Blockage of this artery can lead to brain damage called a stroke.

A carotid artery endarterectomy is a surgery to remove the deposits from this artery. Deposits in arteries result in plaque. This can slow and even stop blood from flowing through the artery.

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This procedure helps to restore proper blood flow to the brain. This will help to prevent strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) . TIAs are considered a warning sign of a coming stroke.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have an endarterectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the carotid artery
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Stroke
  • Nerve injury in the neck

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • The degree of blockage in your carotid artery
  • Blockage of the carotid arteries on both sides of your neck
  • Diabetes

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site